NICU preemies fail to benefit from nitric oxide, study says

03/21/2012 |

Infants born before 34 weeks did not benefit from nitric oxide to treat breathing problems, according to perinatal researchers in Ohio. "Despite years of data unable to support its off-label use, iNO treatment in preterm infants remains common in U.S. children's hospital NICUs," said Dr. Michael Stenger, the lead researcher for an observational study published in the journal Pediatrics. Use of nitric oxide was inconsistent across U.S. NICUs, the study found, with hospitals in the Northeast and NICUs that treat higher numbers of infants using it less frequently.

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